Mindfulness training may be the next technique that competitive athletes add to their training portfolios to improve their edge. Proving he was ahead of the game, NBA coach Phil Jackson credited mindfulness meditation with helping both the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers win multiple titles under his direction between 1991 and 2002. More recently, many members of the Seattle Seahawks 2014 Super Bowl champion team not only did yoga but also practiced mindfulness meditation during their winning season.
The following study may be of interest to those who offer outdoor classes and programs that encourage residents to use neighborhood green spaces. Time spent in nature seems to be good for both mental and physical health. A growing body of research is showing that access to green spaces in residential neighborhoods improves the well-being of inhabitants.
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Qigong, an ancient Chinese mind-body movement practice, may improve quality of life for older hospitalized patients, according to a study published in the journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Research (2014; doi: 10.1007/s40520-014-0250-y). Qigong blends breathing techniques, gentle movements and opment, and how were the meditation. Emerging evidence shows that qigong may programs received? ￼improve physical function, prevent falls, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve feelings of well-being.
More evidence supports the importance of cultivating stress reduction methods to maintain a healthy mind and body. A recent study found that conflict and
negative interactions among friends and family not only affect emotional well-being but can also harm physical health by increasing long-term blood pressure
levels, particularly in middle-aged women.
Almost one-third of women aged 40 or older suffer from urinary incontinence. You’re likely to know people with this problem, and based on the findings
of a randomized, controlled trial, you may want to recommend yoga therapy as a self-management tool.
Pilates is a powerful tool for countering the aging process, but it must be taught and practiced safely. Here, three Pilates experts and educators share their experience and recommendations on how to work with mature clients: Lisa Graham owns Agile Monkey in Santa Cruz, California, and is a Balanced Body® faculty member; Rael Isacowitz, MA, is the founder and owner of Basi Pilates®; and PJ O’Clair owns clubXcel and Northeast Pilates, a STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center.
Biomechanics & Physiologynewsletter_teaser: Pilates is a powerful tool for countering the aging process, but it must be taught and practiced safely. Here, three Pilates experts and educators share their experience and recommendations on how to work with mature clients:
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newsletter_teaser: If you’re looking for a fresh, effective way to help your group participants move better, why not include foam rolling in your next class? Chances are, some of your attendees are curious and could use some guided instruction.